President Trump began to edge away Monday evening from demanding that funding for his promised border wall be included in a must-pass spending bill, instead pushing off the wall funding until September, in order to reduce the chances of a government shutdown at the end of the week.
His earlier demand that it be included represented a significant impasse in budget talks, and the latest comments potentially could pave the way for a bipartisan deal just days ahead of the government shutdown deadline.
Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to reassure voters that his overall position on border protection remains unchanged.
“Don’t let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc,” he wrote.
Congress is under pressure to pass a $1 trillion spending bill that would pay for government agencies; if the bill fails to pass by midnight Friday, it will trigger a partial government shutdown. Read more at Fox News.